APPT Macau: Team PokerStars Pros flex their muscle
The APPT Macau main event was a whitewash for the Team PokerStars Pros, but the empire has struck back in the early stages on the first day of the APPT High Roller event.
Isabelle Mercier has just doubled through Chong Wing Cheong with a set of queens to take her stack above 30,000, while the other Team Poker Stars Pros Joe Hachem (29,000), Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (25,000), Barry Greenstein (17,000), Lee Nelson (16,800) and Hevad Khan (12,000) have all successfully negotiated their way through the first three levels.
Meanwhile PokerStars Sponsored players Eric Assadourian (50,000), Emad Tahtouh (39,000), Ivan Tan (31,000), Dan Schreiber (22,000), Terrence Chan (20,000) and Van Marcus (15,300) are all still in the running.
With blinds about to increase to level four (150/300 with an ante of 25), 48 of the 61 players who started the day remain. Those KOed include Kofi Farkye, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, John Phan, Tony Dunst and PokerStars Sponsored player Celina Lin.
With Lin's elimination, Mercier and Liz Lieu remain the only female players in the field. Lieu earned the honour of being the only player to cash in both events at the APPT Macau last year. She is also one of five players who cashed in last year's High Roller event to return this year, along with Assadourian, David Steicke, John Juanda and Tahtouh.